Playmaking in basketball, as a whole, tends to be a bit subjective. Some prefer more scoring to passing, and some prefer more traditional guards and forwards. San Antonio is currently in a bit of a state of flux. The roster includes a variety of player builds that don't all create scoring opportunities in the same manner. Most importantly, how they generate these looks are not created equal.
One thing no one can deny is every player impacts the offense in their own unique way. The numbers and eye test both support that claim. With that said, it's good for the front office to keep an open mind when weighing the value those pieces have to the long-term outlook of the rebuilding process and how everything will come together as these youngsters develop.
1.) Tre Jones
What's the old adage? If it ain't broke, don't fix it. While many may see Jones as simply a stop along the way to greener pastures at the point guard position, he's been nothing short of a rock for San Antonio over the last couple of years. Whether it was off the bench or most recently as a starter, he's compiled enough numbers and tape to suggest he deserves the nod.
The feel, rim finishing, passing ability, and nuances of a lead guard are all there. At what level? We could argue that point until the cows come home, but no one can refute that the offense was better with him on the floor. Tre controls half-court sets like no one else on the roster while not disrupting the flow, allowing the offense to take on a free-flowing form. The Spurs put out a better product with Jones at the helm.
Jones averaged 6.6 assists and only 1.6 turnovers per game last season, and that 4:1 assist-to-turnover ratio ranked eighth in the NBA. He boasted a 1.33 assist-to-usage ratio and a 10.1% turnover percentage, which landed in the 70th and 80th percentile in the league, respectively. He did all this while shouldering the most ballhandling responsibilities on the Spurs.
The 23-year-old floor general doesn't make many mistakes. He sees the floor at a high level and makes passes with either hand at any speed, on any spot on the floor. The pick-and-roll opportunities he will soon create alongside Victor Wembanyama will make people, more importantly Victor, extremely happy.